Training tips for walkers

No matter how many months you have left before your challenge, it’s never too early, or too late, to get some training in. Here is our quick guide to ensuring your fitness levels are ready to take on your challenge...

Five months to go...

There is plenty of time to get yourself fit and ready for your challenge, so nothing too hard – try light walking to get into the routine. Three sessions of 30 minutes exercise per week is a good way to get you started.

Four months to go...

Start aiming for two 30 minute walking sessions and one walking session of one hour. Try to maintain the same as the previous month but with one longer walk added in. Walk at a comfortable pace, so your heart rate is steady and you are able to talk without catching your breath.

Three months to go...

Three sessions of one hour walking per week is what you should now be aiming for, making sure you are adapting to walking long distances.

It’s recommended you use your hiking boots so you are used to wearing them as well as training with your small rucksack. Get used to drinking water while you are walking.

Two months to go...

Walk for an hour every day or if that isn’t possible in your week then try three sessions of an hour and one of four hours at the weekend.

One month to go...

You should now be looking to increase your mileage when out trekking so that you are capable of walking for up to eight hours in a day (try getting out on both days over the weekend).

Remember not to train much in the week before your challenge, so that you feel well rested and strong for the event itself.

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